#1- Pulp Fiction (1994)

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- Dan Bennett: #5
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- David "MVP" Eckstein: #8
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Directed By; Quentin Tarantino
Written By: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Ving Rhames, Christopher Walken, Eric Roth, Amanda Plummer, and Harvey Keitel

The Plot

The lives of two mob hit met (Travolta and Jackson), a boxer (Willis), a gangster's wife (Thurman), and a pair of dinner bandits (Roth and Plummer) intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Why This Movie Is Great
Pulp n.
1. A soft, moist, shapeless mass of matter
2. A magazine or book containing lurid subject matter and being characteristically printed on rough, unfinished paper
American Heritage Dictionary
New College Edition
This is the title card that first appears when the film starts and if you have to explain what Pulp Fiction is really all about, this is what you should tell them.

Quentin Tarantino has a special place in not only the hearts of the GOI authors as his films holds both the #1 spot as well as the #3 spot as the best movies within the past 25 years but also a special place in the hearts of this generation and Americana.

As I mentioned in my Inglourious Basterds post, it is extremely difficult to explain why Tarantino films are so great. However, I think the real reason is because Tarantino's vision is just so unique and wonderful. Tarantino creates great three dimensional characters with such amazing dialogue and has amazing action to go along with it. Tarantino is such a brilliant storyteller that you are enthralled with his films from beginning to end.

What makes Pulp Fiction so amazing though is Tarantino's vision of messing with time and space. He revolutionized script writing. Not only is Tarantino able to tell you all these complex stories with a huge cast but he's able to take you in a wild ride without you knowing where exactly you are. It is not until you see the film for a few times that you can accurately take each scene and place it where it correctly goes chronologically.

Other Notes
- Pulp Fiction is all about perception. Nobody sees the same exact event the same exact way. That's why the conversation between Pumpkin (Roth) and Hunny Bunny (Plummer) are purposefully not the same words in the beginning of the film as they are at the end of the film even though it's portraying the exact same event.

- Many have speculated what is in the suitcase Vincent (Travolta) and Jules (Jackson) go to collect. The most common theory is that it's Marcellus Wallace's (Rhames) soul. The theory goes that when the Devil takes your soul he takes it through the back of your head which helps explain why there is a band aid on the back of Marcellus' head and why the code to open up the suitcase is "666". Here's the thing: It does not matter what is in the suitcase. It's a MacGuffin - like the money taken in the beginning of Psycho. It doesn't mean anything except gives the gangsters a reason to be in the apartment to begin with. If Tarantino wanted you to know what's in the suitcase, he would have showed the viewers.

- Speaking of this scene, Jules is having a conversation with Brett. This is the main guy he's talking to in this scene (Do they speak English in What?). During this scene he asks Brett what Vincent asks him earlier about why the Quarter Pounder is called a Royale With Cheese in France. Brett responds "Because of the metric system?" which causes Jules to say "Check out the big brain on Brad!". Many people claim that Jules calling Brett "Brad" is another example of changed perceptions but I always took it as Jules just not giving a fuck. He's going into some dude's apartment to kill them and take a suitcase and he doesn't actually care what people's names are or if he even heard Brett say his name at all.